sloth

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A sloth (2)

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English slouthe, slewthe, from Old English slǣwþ (sloth, indolence, laziness, inertness, torpor), from Proto-Germanic *slaiwiþō (slowness, lateness), equivalent to slow +‎ -th. Cognate with Scots sleuth (sloth, slowness).

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sloth (countable and uncountable, plural sloths)

  1. (uncountable) Laziness; slowness in the mindset; disinclination to action or labour.
    • Milton
      [They] change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth.
    • Franklin
      Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labour wears.
  2. (countable) A herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, noted for its slowness and inactivity.
  3. (rare) A collective term for a group of bears.

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Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.

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sloth (third-person singular simple present sloths, present participle slothing, simple past and past participle slothed)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be idle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gower to this entry?)

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